Hey! This is us, just as a frame of reference. I’ll do one each year (assuming this carries on another year) both for reflection and to frame our decisions and opinions in a logical way. And now, JTAK:
Jamal – Late 20’s Male – Jamal is a man of the world. He’ll try anything once, even if he has no real interest, and enjoys things without reservation. He’s often drawn to epic tales steeped in solid lore, strong action scenes, unique and relatable characters, and anything that makes him think hard.
His razor-sharp tastes means he only enjoys the best media, cutting shows the moment they spoil, ensuring a high quality from anything he watches or recommends. He has a hard time dealing with squeamish sexual situations and characters he can’t empathize with or understand.
Tanner – Mid 20’s Male – A writer and overly-energetic know-it-all, Tanner is all about good writing and new, interesting places and peoples. Show him a world unlike any other (or rehash an old one in a new and interesting way) and he’s a kid at Christmas. He loves seeing humanity come forth in dialogue and decision-making, likes it when writers remember the rules and limits to their established setting, and hates tropes with a burning, vengeful passion.
Unfortunately, Tanner is a wide-eyed dreamer and optimist, often seeing potential that isn’t there, and thusly is often disappointed if the ending or plot twist he wrote in his head is better than the one he’s given on screen. Because of these factors, he will be wildly passionate about a series one episode, then three later hate it with every ounce of fury in the cosmos, and often STILL watch to the end just to say he gave it the chance to redeem itself.
Alli – Mid 20’s Female – Allison is a historical mastermind and meticulous planner, easily understanding complex ideas, situations, and characters very naturally. Because of this, anything that doesn’t tantalize her brain means she very quickly loses interest, but for those few shows that she sinks her teeth into, she bites down ravenously, consuming every morsel. She’s drawn to the occult, other masterminds, and cute things. If they have two of those elements, she’s usually instantly sold. Tragic romance is another love of hers.
Her catlike charms means that if she’s done with a show, you won’t change her mind, and it’s sometimes very hard to catch her interest. But when you DO intrigue her, you’ll never have a more passionate and in-depth fan to discuss the nitty-gritty of your favorite shows and stories. However, if your media bores her, expect her to write it off and pack it in. She’s a cat, after all, and she is fickle.
Kirk – Mid 20’s Male – Easygoing and production-minded, Kirk is drawn to action, romance, and basically anything that makes him feel alive. What usually ends up catching his eye, however, is solid editing, beautiful shots, and truly stunning music, as well as attention to detail. If all of that is truly solid, Kirk probably enjoys it, even if putting it into words is hard. He doesn’t like everything, though, far from it. The easiest way to earn his ire is sexism, a theme that (unfortunately) runs rampant in many anime.
The easiest-going of the group, Kirk is easy to please, so long as there are no grievous sins committed by a series, but sometimes, things simply fail to resonate with him. Usually, he’ll stick to Shonen manga and slice of life, but every year or so a show that by all accounts should be something he loves instead becomes something he despises. Watch out for that curveball!
Hope that helps you get where we’re coming from! Thanks for reading!